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Enterprises North West Top Helm event at Southport Sailing Club

by Alan Roberts 12 Nov 2017 20:45 GMT 5 November 2017

On Sunday the 5th of November, 10 Enterprises arrived at a very sunny Southport Sailing Club for the North West Top Helm event - The November Plate, which is the final event of the series. We were greeted with a chilly north to north westerly wind, blowing from 15mph and gusting up to 20, which eased throughout the day.

Race 1

The competitors finally made it to the start line having avoided the cold air for as long as possible. The race was underway after waiting for all of the sailors to arrive at the starting area. Alan Burton-Roberts and sister Diane Thomas (Pilkington) nailed the start and led the way up the first beat, followed very closely by Steve Blackburn & Royston Taggart (WLYC) and Tim Harper & Gabe Hill (WLYC). After a tack to make the windward mark, Alan and Diane decided to check the water temperature for the rest of the fleet after losing their rudder mid tack. Steve and Tim had a brief dual for the first lap, with Steve eventually taking up the lead and gaining the first bullet of the day. Andrew Ashworth & Molly Nixon (WLYC) came in 2nd with Tim Harper taking 3rd after making up ground on the fleet after an altercation.

Race 2

Matt Johnson & Hannah Saddler (Weirwood) arrived at the windward mark first. However, an incident of their own making saw them lose control and miss the next mark, before sailing 360 degrees back through the fleet to find a position to slot back into. By the end of lap one, Andrew Ashworth took and held the lead to the finish, followed by fellow WLYC members Roy & Linda Kissick, with Clive Porter crewed by India Lane taking 3rd. The racing was very close and it was very difficult to overtake during the race due to the course, direction of the wind and the start - which had a good starboard bias.

We headed into the comforts of the sailing club for dinner, which was either burgers and fries or jacket potatoes with various toppings.

Race 3

As we are now in November, the sunlight was low in the sky and starting to dazzle, but this didn't stop Matt and Hannah creating a superior start and taking the lead to win the final race. Andrew took another 2nd and with his good consistency also won the November Plate! Alan and Diane came home 3rd, with a 4th overall, Steve & Roy with a 4th, and a 2nd overall, and Roy and Linda Kissick (WLYC) taking 5th and 3rd overall.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st22948Andrew AshworthMolly NixonWLYC2123
2nd22461Steve BlackburnRoyston TaggartWLYC1745
3rd22519Roy KissickLinda KissickWLYC4256
4th20673Alan Burton-RobertsDiane ThomasPilkington11437
5th22451Tim HarperGabe HillWLYC35118
6th19876Matt JohnsonHannah SadlerWierwood8819
7th21800Clive PorterIndia P LaneWLYC6369
8th21333Mark NeildsJacky FinchChester76713
9th22901Paul YoungJared LewisMidland59813
10th12272Alan BartonGeorge LiddleDelph1110919

As this was the last event of the North West Top Helm Series, this meant Steve Blackburn & his crews; Royston Taggart, Ian Richie and Molly Nixon won this year’s series. In 2nd overall and taking the Silver Award for the highest placed boat in the silver fleet was Mark Nields & Jackie Finch (Chester). Last year’s winner Paul Young & various crews took 3rd. That caps another season complete on the NW circuit in which 110 sailors took part throughout the whole series.

North West Top Helm Series 2017 Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubPilkingtonWLYCLeigh & LowtonEltonNW Areas BassChesterRudyardSouthportPts
1stGold22461Steve BlackburnIan / Roy / MollyWLYC(DNC)(DNC)-6(DNC)13127
2ndSilver21333Mark NieldJacky FinchChester(DNC)(DNC)-71566-818
3rdGold22901Paul YoungElla CrabtreeMidlands(DNC)(DNC)9(DNC)(DNC)92929
4thSilver20673Alan Roberts BurtonRhea Roberts BurtonPilkington3(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)4DNC464
5thSilver22948Andrew AshworthLynn KissickWLYC(DNC)2(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC1109
6thGold23384Tim SadlerJames HobsonYorkshire Dales SC(DNC)(DNC)2(DNC)(DNC)1DNCDNC109
7thGold22936Richard PrykeAmelia PrykeRipon(DNC)(DNC)3(DNC)(DNC)2DNCDNC111
8thSilver21800Clive PorterTom DorrWLYC(DNC)4(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC6116
9thSilver23313John BerryNeil BawdenEtherow Park(DNC)(DNC)124(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC122
10thSilver23050Mike MaddocksCarys DoneChester(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)810DNCDNC124
11thGold22315John BlundellChris BlundellStaunton Harold(DNC)(DNC)1(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC160
12thGold22102Dave PorterRoy KissickWLYC(DNC)1(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC160
13thGold22865Royston TaggartDiane ThomasPilkington1(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC160
14thGold23166Mark NinnimEmma SmithBass(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)2DNCDNCDNC161
15thSilver21310Dave ReadJoy ReadElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)2(DNC)DNCDNCDNC161
16thSilver20897Paul SheppardSteve BistrowPilkington2(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC161
17thSilver22519Roy KissickLynn KissickWLYC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3162
18thSilver19007Mike HeapSarah RumballOgston(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC3DNC162
19thSilver22695Alan BakerThea ArmstrongTynemouth(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)3DNCDNCDNC162
20thSilver22476Geoff MclardyDave WoodElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)3(DNC)DNCDNCDNC162
21stGold22272Charlie AdamsAlex HalliweellWLYC(DNC)3(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC162
22ndSilver20361Oliver MasonMegan WardMidland(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC4DNC163
23rdGold22405Pete LawsonGuy WheelerBass / Killington(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)4DNCDNCDNC163
24thGold23089Jonathan WoodwardKaren AlexanderSouth Staffs(DNC)(DNC)4(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC163
25thSilver23165Rodger Lancaster Pilkington4(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC163
26thGold22451Tim HarperGabe HillWLYC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC5164
27thSilver21791Ian RawlinsonBruce CarterRudyard Lake SC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC5DNC164
28thGold22536Phil SnewinRos ColmanChester(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC5DNCDNC164
29thSilver20400Scott WorthingtonStacey WalshElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)5(DNC)DNCDNCDNC164
30thGold23410Ges BrownAbigail HonorSCYC(DNC)(DNC)5(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC164
31stSilver22506Caroline O'BianDave GreenhallPilkington5(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC164
32ndGold19876Matt JohnsomHannah SadlerWierwood SC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC6165
33rdSilver22320Martin DaviesRebecca BradleyRugby & Daventry(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC6DNC165
33rdSilver21806Janet SheildsShay DawsonRudyard Lake SC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC6DNC165
35thSilver22178Adam OvingtonColin GardinerTynemouth(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)6DNCDNCDNC165
36thSilver5726Stan BeswickCarrollElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)6(DNC)DNCDNCDNC165
37thSilver18395Brittany Fleming Pilkington6(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC165
38thSilver22660Bill BoughallFay NewmanChester(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC7DNCDNC166
39thSilver1068Mark BlackhamTrish BlackhamChase(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)7DNCDNCDNC166
40thSilver23005Dave SmithVeronicaElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)7(DNC)DNCDNCDNC166
41stSilver19487Ian Mitchell Pilkington7(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC166
42ndSilver23137Wally RileyLesley RileyChester(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC8DNCDNC167
43rdSilver NevJoeElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)8(DNC)DNCDNCDNC167
44thSilver20754Dave SouthwellLewis CoopLeigh & Lowton(DNC)(DNC)8(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC167
45thSilver1909Dennis BeardJosephine BeardYeadon(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)9DNCDNCDNC168
46thSilver12272Alan BartonGeorge LiddleElton(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC10169
47thSilver23135Neil GarrisonAlanBass(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)10DNCDNCDNC169
48thSilver22531Ashley SouthwellMichelle RainesLeigh & Lowton(DNC)(DNC)10(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC169
49thSilver22554Amy SprayerAndy ClayChester(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC11DNCDNC170
50thSilver19091Simon JaramLarry GreyBass(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)11DNCDNCDNC170
51stSilver21983Ian NixonAudrey NixonLeigh & Lowton(DNC)(DNC)11(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC170
52ndSilver22746Ty BurrowsDavid LoweLeigh & Lowton(DNC)(DNC)13(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC172

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